SAN DIEGO - Former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau was inducted posthumously into the Hall of Champions Hall of Fame on Monday evening.
On stage at the Town and Country Convention Center, Seau's four children accepted the applause and the plaque that will hang in the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.
Seau became the first Hall of Fame inductee admitted before waiting three years after retirement.
The Hall of Champions board told 10News they voted unanimously to break with tradition in Seau's case for his impact on and off the football field.
The other three inductees at Monday night's 67th annual Salute to Champions dinner were Sockers star Brian Quinn, Padres great Trevor Hoffman and NFL star Steven Neal, who was Seau's teammate in New England.
"He'd come in week 12 and he'd give us a speech before the game we were all fired up," said Neal. "He just had that gift. He'd just come motivate people and when he was talking, it came straight from the heart."
Hoffman and Seau were the biggest stars on San Diego's biggest franchises at the same time and Hoffman told 10News it is fitting they were inducted together.
"To go in on the same night and understand all that he stood for here in San Diego and the things that he accomplished off the field and not just on the field to mirror to an extent our careers… it's just fabulous to do this together," he said.